The School for Continuing and Professional Studies is proud to partner with the following organizations:

Clay County Senior Services has partnered with CPS since January 2011 in order to provide an additional benefit to their constituents. Any Clay County resident who is 60 years or older can receive a $30 stipend for one adult studies class per session. 

The Firehouse Center for Creative Excellence in Kearney, Mo., is partnering with CPS to offer adult and youth art enrichment courses in their new facility. Course offerings include fine arts classes such as painting and drawing, graphic design courses in the 12-seat Mac lab and summer camps for youth. Students will register for classes through

Kansas City has a rich museum community that includes collections in art, history and culture. Making these collections accessible and interesting to the public requires knowledgeable people trained in engaging visitors and working with objects. The Kansas City Art Institute School for Continuing and Professional Studies is partnering with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Kemper Museum of Art, the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures, the National World War I Museum, the Johnson County Museum, the H&R Block ArtSpace and the Wornall Majors House Museums to create a training program for museum volunteers.

Mid-Continent Public Library is the largest library system in the metropolitan area, operating 30 libraries and serving over 750,000 people in Jackson, Clay and Platte counties. The libraries offer free and low cost continuing education programming. The Mid-Continent Library offers art classes for youth and adults at their facilities with instruction from the Kansas City Art Institute, School for Continuing and Professional Studies.


The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art began partnering with CPS in fall 2012 to offer "Here's Looking at Art," a class series in art appreciation. Students can register for the course through KCAI's School for Continuing and Professional Studies website or by clicking here. Nelson-Atkins members receive a 20% discount on enrollment in a Here's Looking at Art course. This discount does not apply to other courses at KCAI. Members should contact the Nelso-Atkins Museum of Art for their discount code.

North Kansas City Schools became a partner in fall 2011. North Kansas City High School is the first high school in the metrpolitan area to offer the dual credit program, which, upon completion, awards college credit to students for advanced art classes.

Park Hill School District-Community Education became a partner in spring 2012. This partnership expands the reach for CPS to new students with an interest in art for both youth and adults. 

The Professional Development Network is a branch of the Cooperating School Districts of Greater Kansas City. CPS is now a part of PDN and has been approved as a continuing education provider for the CSDGKC. PDN members receive a 25% discount on classes for art educators.

If you are interested in partnering with the School for Continuing and Professional Studies at KCAI, contact Tabitha Schmidt at or 816-802-3445.

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